The Faldo Series Europe has put together its largest ever schedule for 2011.
Featuring a record 19 events in 12 different countries, including a Middle East Championship in Bahrain, the Series will include three new events in the Czech Republic, Wales and England.
The 2011 schedule begins with the UK Championship at Moortown Golf Club, Yorkshire, on April 6-7 and culminates five months later when the five age group winners - Boys Under-21, Boys Under-18, Boys Under-16, Girls Under-21 and Girls Under-16 - from all 18 previous events on the 2011 schedule compete in the 15th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final.
The Grand Finals will be staged for the second time at Lough Erne Resort, Northern Ireland, from September 12 to 14.
Finalists at Lough Erne will also be joined by the overall champion and the age group winners from the fifth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, played at Mission Hills, China, from March 2 to 4.
“I am delighted to see the Faldo Series Europe schedule providing more opportunity for young golfers all over the world,” said six-time Major Champion and Series founder Sir Nick Faldo.
“We have seen increased commitment to youth golf since we began in 1996 and I thank our sponsors, The R&A and the European Tour, for the contributions they have made which increase the opportunities for young people through golf.
“I am grateful to Lough Erne Resort which plays a special role in this experience as the Home of the Faldo Series Europe, Ireland Championship and the 15th Europe Grand Final.”
Last year, the 2010 Grand Final produced an impressive Asian double, with Japan’s Masamichi Ito living up to his burgeoning reputation by winning the overall title and Yi-Chen Liu from Chinese Taipei claiming the Girls’ award ahead of GB&I Curtis Cup player, Holly Clyburn.
Ito also became the first golfer to win both the Faldo Series Asia and Europe titles and at the age of 15 years and 48 days superseded England’s Nick Dougherty as the youngest ever Faldo Series Europe champion.
Jim Treacy, Owner of the Lough Erne Resort, confirmed the Resort was proud of its association with the Faldo Series. He said: “I am thrilled to extend our relationship with Nick Faldo and to support his contributions to golf. Lough Erne is proud of this relationship which began with the design of our now award-winning course here at Lough Erne.”
The 2011 Faldo Series Europe comprises a mixture of 36-hole and 54-hole stroke play events culminating at the 54-hole Faldo Series Europe Grand Final at Lough Erne in mid-September where Faldo will act as host and give a series of clinics to the competitors.
The Faldo Series Europe Grand Final is an R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event.
The full 2011 Faldo Series Europe schedule
April 6-7 Faldo Series UK Championship, Moortown GC, Yorkshire
April 8-9 Faldo Series Middle East Championship, Royal GC, Riffa, Bahrain
April 20-21 Faldo Series UK Championship, West Lancs GC, Lancashire
May 4-5 Faldo Series UK Championship, Walton Heath GC (Old Course), Surrey
May 16-17 Faldo Series Ireland Championship, Lough Erne Resort (Faldo Course), Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
May 17-18 Faldo Series UK Championship, Royal Ashdown Forest GC, East Sussex
June 8-9 Faldo Series UK Championship, Trentham GC, Staffordshire
June 24-25 Faldo Series Czech Championship, Telc Golf Resort, Telc, Czech Republic
June 29-30 Faldo Series UK Championship, The Roxburghe G & CC, Roxburghshire, Scotland
July 4-5 Faldo Series UK Championship, Pyle & Kenfig GC, nr Bridgend, Wales
July 5-7 Faldo Series Russia Championship, Le Meridien Moscow CC, Moscow, Russia; TBC Faldo Series Greece Championship
July 20-22 Faldo Series Netherlands Championship, Goyer G & CC, nr Amsterdam, The Netherlands
July 27-29 Faldo Series South America Championship, Damha GC, São Paulo, Brazil
August 9-10 Faldo Series Germany Championship, Sporting Club Berlin (Faldo Course), Bad Saarow, Germany
August 22-23 Faldo Series UK Championship, The Grove, Watford
August 23-25 Faldo Series Slovakia Championship, Black Stork Golf Resort, Velka Lomnica, Slovakia
August 30-31 Faldo Series UK Championship, Notts GG (Hollinwell), Nottinghamshire
September 12-14 Europe Grand Final, Lough Erne Resort (Faldo Course), Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland